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Title: 1973 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage...Came to life but can't hear keys 62 thru 73
Post by: JB on July 19, 2020, 08:44:23 AM
Hi Folks, I finally got my Rhodes to sound off(Yea!) after cleaning a corroded connection but can't seem to hear anything from keys 62 thru 73. Everything looks consistent closeup, no loose wires or corrosion to speak of and sounds good up to those last 11 keys. I'm running it thru a Small Crate amp which I know is not spectacular. Any thoughts would be appreciated. One last thing, I don't hardly have any high end hearing left.


JB
Title: Re: 1973 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage...Came to life but can't hear keys 62 thru 73
Post by: pianotuner steveo on July 19, 2020, 12:33:30 PM
It's possible that there is a bad connection, it's also possible, but less likely, that all of those pickups are bad. Do you hear anything through the amp if you tap on the magnet of any of those pickups? It should be an amplified thumping noise.
Title: Re: 1973 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage...Came to life but can't hear keys 62 thru 73
Post by: JB on July 21, 2020, 10:54:21 AM
Thanks. I checked all pickups w a screwdriver tapping the magnet, all 73 make the same thump when I touch them so you said a loose connection otherwise. I did notice at about 62 thru 73 have blue tinge colored springs in the front and it doesn't look like corrosion but almost a factory coating or color which makes no sense. Would or could that be it? Thanks. I can shoot you a pic later. JB
Title: Re: 1973 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage...Came to life but can't hear keys 62 thru 73
Post by: pianotuner steveo on July 21, 2020, 07:51:27 PM
Different tuning springs have different color coding on them. Some are yellow, blue, black, etc. it has to do with the size of the springs. Larger in the bass, smaller in the treble.